On July 20, 1,000 or so women will participate in the seventh annual Tri for a Cure triathlon in South Portland. All of the participants will be part of the effort to raise money for the Maine Cancer Foundation, which will use it to fund important research aimed at finding a cure for cancer, providing education and offering support programs.
The women who participate, some new, some veterans, do so for very personal reasons. Some are participating in memory of a loved one who lost the battle with cancer. Some want to be there for the survivors, and all want to band together to raise money for a cure.
This is the seventh publisher’s note that I have written in Maine Women’s Tri for a Cure edition as we set out to sponsor this event and draw attention to the inspiring stories of the participants and their families. I can promise you this: Every story that you read will touch your heart in some way.
I urge to take some time with this issue. I don’t think you will regret it.
You will meet Gail Frongillo, who was inspired by a boss who battled cancer while maintaining his role as a company leader. Though he eventually lost his battle, Gail thinks of him and runs for the survivors, one of whom is her own mother. Read more on page 18. You will meet a group of women who founded an interesting company called sheJAMS. Together, they provide a comfortable, safe and welcoming place for athletes to train. If you are anything like me and “hate the gym,” this story may inspire you to a new level of fitness (you can learn more on page 18). Another entrepreneur, Kendra Jarratt, created an arm band to inspire her while running. This personal inspiration turned into a blossoming business called AIDBAND. Read more on page 12.
Most of us have been hit in some way by the freight train of cancer. If not personally, we know someone who has fought or is fighting it right now. Each time I have been personally impacted, I pause to take inventory of my life to be sure that my priorities are what they should be. Today, as I read through the stories that make up this issue of Maine Women, I have been inspired by the courage, honesty, humor, perseverance, dedication and kindness of the women who are the Tri for a Cure, enough to step back to be sure that I am where I want to be, doing what I want to be doing. Thanks to everyone involved for being part of this in so many ways.
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– Lee Hews, Publisher